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Ruritania : a cultural history, from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries

Title
Ruritania : a cultural history, from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries / Nicholas Daly.
Author
Daly, Nicholas,
Publication
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2020]

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Description
x, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color); 24 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Adaptations.
  • Film adaptations.
  • Literary criticism.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-246) and index.
Call Number
JFE 20-5333
ISBN
  • 9780198836605
  • 0198836600
LCCN
2019946146
Author
Daly, Nicholas, author.
Title
Ruritania : a cultural history, from The Prisoner of Zenda to The Princess Diaries / Nicholas Daly.
Publisher
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Edition
First edition.
Type of Content
text
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-246) and index.
Summary
This is a book about the long cultural shadow cast by a single bestselling novel, Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda (1894), which introduced Ruritania, a colourful pocket kingdom. In this swashbuckling tale, Englishman Rudolf Rassendyll impersonates the king of Ruritania to foil a coup, but faces a dilemma when he falls for the lovely Princess Flavia. Hope's novel inspired stage and screen adaptations, place names, and even a board game, but it also launched a whole new subgenre, the "Ruritanian romance". The new form offered swordplay, royal romance, and splendid uniforms and gowns in such settings as Alasia, Balaria, and Cadonia. 0This study explores both the original appeal of The Prisoner of Zenda, and the extraordinary longevity and adaptability of the Ruritanian formula, which, it is argued, has been rooted in a lingering fascination with royalty, and the pocket kingdom's capacity to hold a looking glass up to Britain and later the United States. Individual chapters look at Hope's novel and its stage and film adaptations; at the forgotten American versions of Ruritania; at the chocolate-box principalities of the musical stage; at Cold War reworkings of the formula; and at Ruritania's recent reappearance in young adult fiction and made-for-television Christmas movies. The adventures of Ruritania have involved a diverse list of contributors, including John Buchan, P.G Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, Vladimir Nabokov, and Ian Fleming among the writers; Sigmund Romberg and Ivor Novello among the composers; Erich Von Stroheim and David O. Selznick among the film-makers; and Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Peter Ustinov, Peter Sellers, and Anne Hathaway among the performers.
Research Call Number
JFE 20-5333
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